Veiled (Veiled #1)
Political propaganda would have us believe vampires are our friends. Fanged teddy bears misunderstood thanks to archaic lore. Activists picket for them to be welcomed into our society. They claim vamps don't kill. They preach we are safe.They ... are dead wrong. One year ago a hive slaughtered my family and left me for dead. Found by a team of scientists with their own agenda, I was forged into an unstoppable weapon. I possess their strength, with none of their weaknesses. I can move among them free from their crippling hunger. I am their greatest threat. Armed with this arsenal, vengeance will feed my desire to penetrate the seedy underbelly of their fetishized lifestyle and expose them for the monsters they truly are.

Veiled (Veiled #1) Details

TitleVeiled (Veiled #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseNov 6th, 2017
PublisherAnchor Group Publishing
Rating
GenreParanormal, Vampires, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Suspense, Mystery

Veiled (Veiled #1) Review

  • Lynn 2 Girls & A Book
    January 1, 1970
    Some  authors find their niche and never vary or stray outside the box.  Not Rourke. When she puts pen to paper greatness happens.  There isn't a glass ceiling she hasn't shattered in the Indie Book Community. While her signature snark and wit are always a constant; she can write YA, NA, fantasy, paranormal, or rom-com.  Rourke is not boxed in and she proves that yet again with Veiled.In true Rourke fashion, Stacey has wowed fans yet again with her amazing writing.  I LOVE that no matter what ge Some  authors find their niche and never vary or stray outside the box.  Not Rourke. When she puts pen to paper greatness happens.  There isn't a glass ceiling she hasn't shattered in the Indie Book Community. While her signature snark and wit are always a constant; she can write YA, NA, fantasy, paranormal, or rom-com.  Rourke is not boxed in and she proves that yet again with Veiled.In true Rourke fashion, Stacey has wowed fans yet again with her amazing writing.  I LOVE that no matter what genre she is writing her signature style is always present.  Her bad ass heroines are inspiring whether they are battling gnomes, facing the demon within, trying to make it down the isle, or infiltrating a vampire organization.​Quoted as saying she would never write a vampire novel, Rourke has down just that.  But unlike sparkly vamps, or blood thirsty hot bar owning vamps, Rourke has brought story to this century and made a bold political statement.  I love how she takes the classic vampire and makes him her own.  This is no Bram Stoker retelling. Rourke left me with a ending that had my jaw on the floor and anxiously awaiting more.
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  • Jo
    January 1, 1970
    When is a vampire not a vampire?  When she's created in a lab, that's when.This was an intriguing twist on the vampire hunter genre.  And the opening pages thrust you right in the middle of the action.  And although it might not be clear precisely what is happening at that point, it all gets explained as the story unfolds.  The narrative fair canters along and sometimes things get a little confusing as a result. There were a couple of points that I had to re-read to ensure that I was following w When is a vampire not a vampire?  When she's created in a lab, that's when.This was an intriguing twist on the vampire hunter genre.  And the opening pages thrust you right in the middle of the action.  And although it might not be clear precisely what is happening at that point, it all gets explained as the story unfolds.  The narrative fair canters along and sometimes things get a little confusing as a result. There were a couple of points that I had to re-read to ensure that I was following what was happening properly.Please don't expect anything other than difficult, dark and dangerous situations from this book.  You'll perhaps be disappointed.  I, however, was not.  I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
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  • Minx -The Genre Minx Book Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    When it came down to it, there was only one thing I knew for certain about the new girl staring back at me: she was born into this world under a shroud of blood and chaos.At the start of Veiled I was curious how the main character, Vincenza Larow, was going to be forged into an unstoppable weapon. I liked that her metamorphosis was something that had already been in the making but that she essentially got the short straw because of the trauma that she endured. I also appreciated that for Vinx it When it came down to it, there was only one thing I knew for certain about the new girl staring back at me: she was born into this world under a shroud of blood and chaos.At the start of Veiled I was curious how the main character, Vincenza Larow, was going to be forged into an unstoppable weapon. I liked that her metamorphosis was something that had already been in the making but that she essentially got the short straw because of the trauma that she endured. I also appreciated that for Vinx it was not a welcomed change and that it was something that she struggled with accepting. That made her more real to me because this story setting was current times but in a society that included vampires who had essentially just started to come out of the closet. There would have been fear mixed with awe, disbelief and begrudging acceptance happening in society, becoming a vampire would not have been a widely accepted social phenomena.Veiled starts out in a moment, then it backtracks into the past, it then goes back to a more recent moment and then backtracks to the beginning of the incident that lands Vinx where she is today and so forth. The narration is first person and the back and forth style of story development can be a little off putting until you get used to it. I will say that the present, past narration blends beautifully, helps to explain the situation, and gives weight to the emotions at the time. Characters are introduced and then developed through past transitions and by the end it all makes sense.I knew this story was going to be one that involved a “vamps bad, humans good” mantra when I started to read Veiled but it did not stay that way for long. There was real attention given to fleshing out both sides of the issues at hand and it brought what I thought was “right” into question. By the end of the story I was completely undecided on how I felt about both sides of the argument. This story took some serious twists that kept me engaged and emotionally involved. The characters were written beautifully and Vinx was funny, snarky, and fully committed to what she felt was right.I enjoy reading books by Stacey Rourke because she develops her characters and builds a world that is real and takes my imagination to a place where I can clearly see the story as she intended it to be portrayed. There were a few parts where I did become confused with what was happening and had to re-read a few paragraphs though. I also wish at the end of the story there had been more involvement of Micah. I feel like she just dropped out of the story. Overall, I think that Veiled is a smashing success and a great series starter for the Veiled series and I highly recommend this story. It was a great read!*The quote above was taken from an ARC and is subject to change upon publication.This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Xpresso Book Tours. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.Find this review and more at The Genre Minx Book Reviews
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  • Kristina Montigny
    January 1, 1970
    Wow! This is only the second book I've read by this author, but damn she creates some good shiz!! Haha seriously though! The whole story line is so creative and different. I found that I couldn't put this book down! I'm hoping she has book 2 come out before the end of the year, because I think this series will be phenomenal, judging by how much I loved this book! That and I don't want to wait until next year!! Ha!I am loving Vinx. I love that nickname too! Though things for her went kind of craz Wow! This is only the second book I've read by this author, but damn she creates some good shiz!! Haha seriously though! The whole story line is so creative and different. I found that I couldn't put this book down! I'm hoping she has book 2 come out before the end of the year, because I think this series will be phenomenal, judging by how much I loved this book! That and I don't want to wait until next year!! Ha!I am loving Vinx. I love that nickname too! Though things for her went kind of crazy, she seemed to adjust to her new life surprisingly well. I feel like there are so many secrets we still don't know, and I love that whole mysterious, who done it, man behind the mask type feel this book has. I totally have mixed feelings for Finn and for Carter and I want to know more about this Dorian guy! There are so many interesting characters in this book, I'm looking forward to getting to know them better in the next book(s). Oh! The way Stacey leaves us hanging at the end! I'm dying to know what happens next! What happened in the past, and how Vinx and that someone from her past handle everything once they meet again. Can't wait! #B2B Kristina
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  • Autumn
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC copy to give an honest review.So I am glad to see this author stepping out into the genre of vampires, though I have to say with this book I was a bit confused with some scenes. I sat here for a while before doing my review so see how I can write it without giving anything away. I won't be able to do that because when I start dropping names or certain scenes if gives things away. So for me being confused during some parts I had to drop my rating down to a 4, though I will say I I received an ARC copy to give an honest review.So I am glad to see this author stepping out into the genre of vampires, though I have to say with this book I was a bit confused with some scenes. I sat here for a while before doing my review so see how I can write it without giving anything away. I won't be able to do that because when I start dropping names or certain scenes if gives things away. So for me being confused during some parts I had to drop my rating down to a 4, though I will say I will read book two when it comes out because the book ended on a cliff hanger that has me asking questions. One thing I will say is to pay attention to the chapter titles, that way you won't get as confused as I did. As far as characters go I liked the main character and her humor I expect at least one or two characters to have a witty personality about them and the author did not fail at that. I really enjoyed how the author put in the history of Vlad the Impaler because I have only heard his name once before so as soon as I finished the book I went to get some more information on him. We are introduced to Vincenza who when you see what happens to her you just know that she is going to have to get revenge. Yet it isn't the revenge you would think, it seems that her parents kind of prepared for something to happen and with the help of Micah Vincenza will get her revenge among other things. You can just tell there is more to the story than just revenge. As we go back and forth between the past and the present we also get flashbacks so just make sure you pay attention.When we get towards the end I wasn't expecting it to go the way it did and it does have me wanting to read the next book.
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  • Katherine Paschal
    January 1, 1970
    **4.5 Stars**Vincenza invited her vampire boyfriend home to meet her parents, having no idea that her world would end that night. After experiencing something horrific, Vinx finds herself alive...sort of...instead of dead like she hoped. She is now part of something bigger, something deadly, something experimental, and she is a tool to bring destruction. I was rally surprised by the bursts of humor I found embedded in the pages of what started out as such a terrible, violent event- and to be **4.5 Stars**Vincenza invited her vampire boyfriend home to meet her parents, having no idea that her world would end that night. After experiencing something horrific, Vinx finds herself alive...sort of...instead of dead like she hoped. She is now part of something bigger, something deadly, something experimental, and she is a tool to bring destruction. I was rally surprised by the bursts of humor I found embedded in the pages of what started out as such a terrible, violent event- and to be honest, the story ended pretty violently as well. The book alternated from Day 1 and explained how Vincenza became this way and then to like Day 388 where a well developed plan was under way. The reader is pretty much dropped into the situation blind, with no real help from the synopsis, and it was such an interesting delivery method. Each chapter had a term definintion pertaining to research, which summed up Vencenza's life nicely.I also really enjoyed this vampire world created by Stacey, so new and different. She put her own spin on a classic by adding the vampire politics and the info about Dracula (aka Vlad) and his son (which I liked her dose of realism thrown in there). This was almost an urban fantasy The fact that there was a march on Washington for vampire equal rights was so applicable to everything going on in the US this year. I also found it interesting that this was our modern world as we know it, but with vampires added- the references were understandable and relevant to today. The dynamic between Micah, Vencenza and Carter was my favorite- it was like an exasperated parent having to take charge of two over-sexualized, rambunctious kids. "Did someone mention cotton candy?""I shouldn't have to say this to two grown-ass people, but... if you're good, and we see a vendor, I will get you some." Carter was great character, a mix between an investigative journalist and a rowdy frat boy- right from the moment he was "purchased" at the auction, he just fit right into the group. One of my favorite parts had him being ridiculous in it: Raising both hands in front of him, he turned them over as if hoping an answer was written somewhere on his skin. "What do I normally do with my hands? Do they just hang at my sides? That doesn't seem right. I can't remember proper hand protocol. There's a chance I'm freaking out." "A chance?" I have read a few books by Stacey now and enjoyed them all, but I think that this has become my favorite. Her world and people were just so engaging and quirky to me and I did not want to put the story down until I finished. Veiled was totally different from any other vampire book I have read as well as completely different from anything else I have read from Stacey in general, making it a nice shift. The ending was shocking and I am excited for what will come next...or rather who!I received this title for reviewing purposes. Visit me at https://smadasbooksmack.blogspot.com/ for more book reviews.
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  • Movies, Shows,
    January 1, 1970
    I gave it a strong 4 1/2 starsNote: This review contains NO spoilersWhy am I not surprised that I enjoyed this read by Stacey Rourke!?! Hmmm... Maybe because I love how she thinks "outside the box" and creates with her own creative and historical twists to it. Ha! I think that's it! Well, it is no different with this latest story on vampires. Right!?! Vampires!?! Anyways, this isn't any ordinary vampire story. That's right! Vincenza (the main character) is no ordinary vampire. So... Where do I b I gave it a strong 4 1/2 starsNote: This review contains NO spoilersWhy am I not surprised that I enjoyed this read by Stacey Rourke!?! Hmmm... Maybe because I love how she thinks "outside the box" and creates with her own creative and historical twists to it. Ha! I think that's it! Well, it is no different with this latest story on vampires. Right!?! Vampires!?! Anyways, this isn't any ordinary vampire story. That's right! Vincenza (the main character) is no ordinary vampire. So... Where do I being without spoiling anything?So... I absolutely love Stacey's writing. The way she creates these complex characters with unique and individual personalities. And, her world building...!!! Stacey can thrust readers into the worlds she creates in just a few chapters, and then, readers are hooked! Well, I know I was...haha!!! Anyways, Veiled is absolutely a different take on vampires. Stacey took very real issues and gave it a paranormal twist to it. And, we all know how politics can be a touchy issue... Haha! Moreover, the story takes Vincenza's tragedy and made it into a driving force to uncover secrets and the truth behind all the vampire political propaganda. This first book in this new series introduces readers to this world where vampires exists and the dark and dangerous line that humans walk either glamorizing them or exposing them for what they really are.The flow and pace of the story takes readers to the past and present of Vincenza's journey of becoming an unstoppable weapon. Although moving back and forth from past and present can be confusing, Stacey cleverly writes it in a way that isn't too difficult... That is if you are paying attention. Sometimes, I had to go back and forth with the chapters to get my bearing on the story. Yup! Veiled is an engrossing read in which once can't just breeze through it. This is a thought-provoking and a gripping read. Of course, although Stacey incorporates some history, this is definitely not a retelling in any way. I do enjoy reading tidbits of history thrown in.All in all, Veiled is no ordinary vampire story. It is anything but ordinary! There are complexities to the characters and settings that make this a captivating read with a splash of history and realism. This is an incredibly thrilling introduction to Stacey's world of vampires...haha!!! Can't wait til the next book! So... Stacey, when can we expect the next book?!?!Reviewer: Jasmine
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  • Erin
    January 1, 1970
    My brain still feels like a bouncy ball, bouncing back and forth in my brain after reading this! My one recommendation while reading this? NEVER think you have ANYTHING figured out! This is a hard review to write, because just about everything I want to say is a spoiler, but I will do my best, starting with saying this was some excellent writing. This is not your typical vampire story – which is nearly impossible to say these days, with how many vampire books are out there.In this story, there i My brain still feels like a bouncy ball, bouncing back and forth in my brain after reading this! My one recommendation while reading this? NEVER think you have ANYTHING figured out! This is a hard review to write, because just about everything I want to say is a spoiler, but I will do my best, starting with saying this was some excellent writing. This is not your typical vampire story – which is nearly impossible to say these days, with how many vampire books are out there.In this story, there is no black and white – no CLEAR good and bad. The author does a great job keeping you guessing. In this day in age especially, the easiest thing to constantly question is HUMAN nature, and this story raises a lot of questions about both human and vampire nature. This is a story of survival of the fittest, who really is the fittest, and who really is the bad guy – and again, not only as a group (humans or vampires), but also down to the individual, and what an individual would do when put in several different pressing situations.And then there’s the center of our story, Vinx. Although she’s forced into the middle of this fight under horrible circumstances, she chooses to keep fighting – and keep questioning. I think my bouncy ball brain is nothing like what hers was going through in this entire book. But it’s truly what makes her great in this story. She refuses to accept anything anyone tells her without proof, no matter how much she does or doesn’t want to believe it. She’s tough, she’s definitely got a sense of humor that I love, and she never stops asking questions. I think I may have a new idol.I devoured this book in just a few days, hoping to get the answers to the questions that continued to build. However, the further I got into the book, and the more questions I had, I knew this wasn’t going to be a single book – there would be at least a second. And when I got to the end? SO MANY MORE QUESTIONS! Very little, if any, answers at the end – and I wasn’t even mad! I thought it was a great ending, setting up the next book perfectly – and oh boy, is the next one going to be HUGE! I can’t wait!
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  • Samantha
    January 1, 1970
    I was so excited to be able to read a copy of Veiled. The beginning and its intense description hooked me immediately and made me yearn to read faster and learn more. Vincenza was a force to be reckoned with and for very good reason. Chapter 2 was written with brilliant and brutal perfection. The witty banter found throughout this book was flawlessly done and hilarious. I loved the ties to Vlad the Impaler and how his history was sprinkled through the story. It really appealed to the history-lov I was so excited to be able to read a copy of Veiled. The beginning and its intense description hooked me immediately and made me yearn to read faster and learn more. Vincenza was a force to be reckoned with and for very good reason. Chapter 2 was written with brilliant and brutal perfection. The witty banter found throughout this book was flawlessly done and hilarious. I loved the ties to Vlad the Impaler and how his history was sprinkled through the story. It really appealed to the history-lover in me. The charaters were so deep and well-written. I loved reading their interactions. Vinx and Micah had terrific chemistry.The deeper I got into the story, the more enjoyed the twists and turns of Vinx's world. I loved the complexity of this story. It was terrific and the way the plot weaved its way along causes and effects was impressive. I actually really enjoyed the unique way the storyline jumped from cause and effect. I didn't find it hard to follow and really liked the way that the story fell into place in this interesting way. All of these snippets helped illuminate the bigger picture one scene at a time. Chapter 18 was incredibly shocking and made me so eager to see what would happen next and how this would change the course of things. As events raced to a conclusion, I could barely read fast enough. I absolutely loved Veiled and that ending totally has me on the edge of my seat awaiting the next installment. Once again Rourke told an absolutely brilliant story and hooked me completely with her amazing characters and incredibly unique tale weaving fiction and a little bit of history together. I'm not even a huge fan of Vampire books, but if they could all be like Veiled, I would consider myself converted.
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  • Kristie
    January 1, 1970
    VeiledBy: Stacey Rourke ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Review by Kristie KA brilliant and intriguing new vampire world, brimming with mystery, deceit, and hope…Stacey Rourke debuts a new series with Veiled, and if this first installment is any indication of how the series will be…it’s gonna be one hell of a ride! Veiled begins with hope that quickly descends into darkness, with an unimaginable betrayal that leaves a trail of bloodshed, violence, and death in its wake. One life ends, only to bring the birth of a brand new VeiledBy: Stacey Rourke ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Review by Kristie KA brilliant and intriguing new vampire world, brimming with mystery, deceit, and hope…Stacey Rourke debuts a new series with Veiled, and if this first installment is any indication of how the series will be…it’s gonna be one hell of a ride! Veiled begins with hope that quickly descends into darkness, with an unimaginable betrayal that leaves a trail of bloodshed, violence, and death in its wake. One life ends, only to bring the birth of a brand new legacy. The storyline is absolutely incredible, unique in so many ways and a refreshing take on the vampire legend. The execution of the storyline is just as distinctive, taking the reader back and forth in time to get you to the present. It is easy to follow, and keeps you on the edge of your seat from one page to the next. I will admit that there were a few times I was a bit confused, or lost track of where we were supposed to be, but it only lasted a short time before I was back in the game. The characters were engaging, creative, relatable, and pretty authentic. I would have liked to actually get to know them a bit more, a little more background so I could get a better feeling for them, but they were all great. If I could ask the author for anything, it would be simple…give me more! I wanted to know more about the world she built, the culture, the history, and the current state of affairs. That being said, I was completely hooked with this tale, and can’t wait to see what is coming next. Ms. Rourke is a new author to me, but I guarantee she is now on my list of authors to watch!Kristie K
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  • Angela G
    January 1, 1970
    Veiled was a muchly anticipated read for me. I am huge fan of Miss Rourke's Legends Saga and could wait to get my hands on this book. It has been a long while since a unique vampire book has come our way. What I loved about Veiled: - Firstly....the cover. It is stunning, instantly drawing a potential reader to the book. Stacey Rourke has some of the best cover art in the business. - I enjoyed how the story moved back and forth between past and present. It gives the reader a chance to live throu Veiled was a muchly anticipated read for me. I am huge fan of Miss Rourke's Legends Saga and could wait to get my hands on this book. It has been a long while since a unique vampire book has come our way. What I loved about Veiled: - Firstly....the cover. It is stunning, instantly drawing a potential reader to the book. Stacey Rourke has some of the best cover art in the business. - I enjoyed how the story moved back and forth between past and present. It gives the reader a chance to live through Vinx and understand her better. - The overall plot of Veiled was distinct and unparalleled to any other vampire novel. . Definitely a different take on the paranormal world than we has readers are normally used to. What I didn't like:- Any passion, romance or sexual tension between Vinx and Carter was very lacking. I really would have like to have "felt" more between those 2 characters. There seemed to be more tension between her and Finn. I was left almost feeling like Finn would become the love interest- I wasn't kept engaged in the storyline. I found myself stopping frequently or skipping over parts. I think for me it was too political. Favourite Line in the Book:“This is where the boy I thought I loved attacked me. He leaned over my crumpled body to lick my blood off another vampire’s face. I invited him into my life, and he destroyed it.”Overall I rate Veiled 3.5*. I will continue to read this series as I would like to see the outcome of all characters involved and I a most curious to see how the romantic aspect of the book plays out.
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  • Shannan
    January 1, 1970
    OH MY VLAD!!!!!!! Being a huge Dracula fan in my teens, I came into this rather skeptical. But the author blew me away. The weird alliance between Vinx and her former lover, Carter and all the little surprises/twists that are worked into the story, and I need a Mics (Micah) in my life. Such a smart woman and so caring to Vincenza. This story showed how you feel you can know things and be firm on your side of a debate just to realize that you were fed a line by a side that looks good on the surfa OH MY VLAD!!!!!!! Being a huge Dracula fan in my teens, I came into this rather skeptical. But the author blew me away. The weird alliance between Vinx and her former lover, Carter and all the little surprises/twists that are worked into the story, and I need a Mics (Micah) in my life. Such a smart woman and so caring to Vincenza. This story showed how you feel you can know things and be firm on your side of a debate just to realize that you were fed a line by a side that looks good on the surface but in fact are much darker and evil than the side they want you to hate. So many accurate or close to accurate (in the sense of literary personas) tie-ins of historical goodies such as VanHelsing, Vlad Tepes, his actual son Mihnea, Dorian Grey, and what it's like to battle for equality when conservatives hate your kind. I loved Batdog, I loved how many times I was certain I knew what's next just to get a sudden curveball in the face, and I loved that every character made me feel (whether I loved them, hated them or hurt for them, the author makes you have deep opinions about each character). The only thing some might see as a flaw but I didn't mind was the flashing (one chapter might be current moment, the next sometime in the year before). I personally felt it helped add layers to the story, things that helped you step back and see the full image, or that added a plot twist in a way that if done in chronological order I might have not read the whole book because in this format it splices current VPI scenario with backstory to build upon. Okay, I do have one actual complaint: there's not a release date yet for book two and I hate waiting.
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  • Nancy (The Avid Reader)
    January 1, 1970
    While Veiled was kind of slow in the beginning with it going from the past to the present, back and forth. But once I figured out that she was having flash backs giving me her background I was like that is good. I got this. Once I figured that out it picked up and I zoomed right through it.Imagine living in a world where vampires are real, vampires and humans living together in the same neighborhood or apartment building, working the same jobs. Well some humans are trying to do the right thing a While Veiled was kind of slow in the beginning with it going from the past to the present, back and forth. But once I figured out that she was having flash backs giving me her background I was like that is good. I got this. Once I figured that out it picked up and I zoomed right through it.Imagine living in a world where vampires are real, vampires and humans living together in the same neighborhood or apartment building, working the same jobs. Well some humans are trying to do the right thing and get along with vampires and some are not of course but there are some vampires that only think of humans as food too. Our main girl Vincenza, a human lost her family to a group of rogue vampires. When the vamps left they thought Vincenza was dead but she was saved and now she will stop at nothing to find the vamps that took her family away from her and make them pay if it is the last thing she does. Vincenza is not alone after losing her family she has the help of her best friend Micha to help her through it.Veiled is not the first book by Stacey Rourke that I have read and it won’t be the last. The first book I read by Stacey was Rise of the Sea Witch and then TS901: Anomaly and loved them both. I can’t wait for book 2 Vlad. I can’t wait to read more of her work. I am patiently waiting for the second book of these series. I loved the whole new twist on the vampires in Veiled and can’t wait to read more about them. Vincenza is a very strong girl considering what she has been through and living in a vampire world. I love this new vampire world that the author has created. I just loved Vincenza with all her witty come backs. Pick up your copy of Veiled and find out more about Vincenza and the new twist on vampires and their world.
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  • Charity Rowell at On My Kindle
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free ARC of this book with the option of leaving an honest review.I didn't like Vincenza at first but the more I learned about her, the more I grew to love her!At first, I thought I'd be reading about Vincenza going on a rampage through the city in search of the vampires who killed her family and left her for dead. The rampage would have been understandable, albeit predictable; however, it was so much more than that!Vincenza's desire for revenge guides her headlong into vampire and I received a free ARC of this book with the option of leaving an honest review.I didn't like Vincenza at first but the more I learned about her, the more I grew to love her!At first, I thought I'd be reading about Vincenza going on a rampage through the city in search of the vampires who killed her family and left her for dead. The rampage would have been understandable, albeit predictable; however, it was so much more than that!Vincenza's desire for revenge guides her headlong into vampire and human politics. Vampires want the same rights as humans and some humans agree, but some disagree. Some vampires think that humans are nothing more than cattle while others want to peacefully co-exist with humans. The political intrigue in itself makes the story incredibly interesting; however, Vincenza's personal growth is what really kept me up at night reading. She begins as a resentful and vengeful character who wants nothing to do with the outside world, and she grows into a compassionate, highly intelligent character who is rubbing elbows with the upper echelon of vampire politics and society.Throw in Rourke's talent for creating a resplendent and detailed setting coupled with impeccable dialogue and timing, and you have an absolutely brilliant story! The novel ends with a bit of a cliffhanger, so I'm dying to read the next installment.If you enjoy vampire stories steeped in political intrigue with gory action and a surprising protagonist, you absolutely must check out "Veiled!"
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  • Claire Cronin
    January 1, 1970
    This is my first book by Stacey Rourke, the blurb really drew me in, I love anything PNR so a hybrid vampire being used against themselves sounded really intriguing and quite unique, which the story was, it turned out to be a really good read!!Vincenza was just a normal girl growing up in a world with vampires, who were lobbying for equal rights like the humans, who in turn were making them out to be monsters. Vinx had a vampire boyfriend who she was bringing home to meet the parents, that's whe This is my first book by Stacey Rourke, the blurb really drew me in, I love anything PNR so a hybrid vampire being used against themselves sounded really intriguing and quite unique, which the story was, it turned out to be a really good read!!Vincenza was just a normal girl growing up in a world with vampires, who were lobbying for equal rights like the humans, who in turn were making them out to be monsters. Vinx had a vampire boyfriend who she was bringing home to meet the parents, that's when everything backfires and her life as she knows it ends and becomes something else entirely!!Like I said its a good story, full of plot twists and turns, political intrigue, mystery, drama, violence, humour and a whodunit!! It did take me a little while to get into it with the way it goes forwards and backwards on a timeline, but once I was there I was well and truly into the story. I loved the characters and the unusual plot line, different from other vampire stories, yet loved the inclusion of Vlad and Dorian Gray into the mix, can't wait to see how these get included in later books!! It was a great thing to watch Vinx's character as she grew throughout the book and become something so much more that I anticipated. Her relationship with her best friend Micah was awesome, and it was good to watch how those dynamics changed later in the story line.A definite cliffhanger at the end, so I can't wait to read the next book. This is definitely worth the read and very different to a typical PNR read, which was good.
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  • Redheaded Bookworm
    January 1, 1970
    In my experience, you usually get a book that gives you one side of the story, the story the author wants you to hear. What happens when both sides are told, when you get the good, bad and the ugly?Vampires exist. They live in your neighborhood, own businesses, work in your building. Are you comfortable living among them? Or are you terrified of the image in which they are usually portrayed? Most people land on one side or the other. Not Vinx, she has the amazing opportunity to live on both side In my experience, you usually get a book that gives you one side of the story, the story the author wants you to hear. What happens when both sides are told, when you get the good, bad and the ugly?Vampires exist. They live in your neighborhood, own businesses, work in your building. Are you comfortable living among them? Or are you terrified of the image in which they are usually portrayed? Most people land on one side or the other. Not Vinx, she has the amazing opportunity to live on both sides of that fence and through her we get that chance as well. Vinx is a human but she has the "powers" of a vampire. She can mingle with both sides without raising an eyebrow. But will she use her powers for good or evil? One side says vampires are monsters. Blood thirsty freaks with no self control. The other side says they are just like you. There is no reason to be afraid. Vamps just want what anyone else has in this great country, rights that we take for granted everyday. I started out with a strong dislike of vamps at the beginning of this book. I wanted vengeance on behalf of Vinx. Ok, maybe there is a piece of me that still does. But after seeing both sides, my dislike has softened a bit. Making me feel bad for the villain is no small feat but Stacey Rourke has managed to do it. I can't wait to get more of the story and see what happens next. Where will you stand? Let your voice be heard and cast your vote on the #NPI bill.
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  • Jenny Bynum Black Words-White Pages
    January 1, 1970
    Read my full review at https://blackwords-whitepages1977.blo...This was an interesting story and one is a one of a kind, but it kept me addicted from beginning to end and on the edge of my seat. Once I started reading, I was sad when I finished it. I just wasn't ready for the story to end.The characters were amazing. I loved how they came to life right out of the story. I loved how the author used other characters that we know and love and forced them into present day. I also really loved the ma Read my full review at https://blackwords-whitepages1977.blo...This was an interesting story and one is a one of a kind, but it kept me addicted from beginning to end and on the edge of my seat. Once I started reading, I was sad when I finished it. I just wasn't ready for the story to end.The characters were amazing. I loved how they came to life right out of the story. I loved how the author used other characters that we know and love and forced them into present day. I also really loved the main female character, Vincenza, in this story as well. This character is just so Rourke's style. She is as sassy and vivacious as the author herself.The story-line was phenomenal. This was a unique way of bringing forth an amazing adventure full of suspense with a refreshing new look on vampires. I must warn that they author does skip back and forth from the present to the past but it will in the end, catch up with each other and make a lot of sense.As the author says at the beginning of the book: "Disclaimer: Every action has an equal and apposite reaction. Make note of the experiment days to line causes from their past to their effects in the present." I am completely and utterly in love with this story and I highly recommend others to enjoy this wild ride just as I have.
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  • Gwen Wisdom
    January 1, 1970
    Veiled is a story of a girl whose life is completely turned upside down one night when a group of vampires brutally attacks her and her family. Of course, she was saved, but not in the way that you might be thinking. With the help of Micah, Vincenza is trained to help infiltrate the higher-ups in the vampire world and to hopefully put a stop to the bad things happening.Nothing is ever how is seems in this story. It is a thrilling adventure of a girl who goes from having everything to trying to f Veiled is a story of a girl whose life is completely turned upside down one night when a group of vampires brutally attacks her and her family. Of course, she was saved, but not in the way that you might be thinking. With the help of Micah, Vincenza is trained to help infiltrate the higher-ups in the vampire world and to hopefully put a stop to the bad things happening.Nothing is ever how is seems in this story. It is a thrilling adventure of a girl who goes from having everything to trying to find her way and where she belongs when she’s not even entirely sure what she is. This story will grab your attention and hold it till the very end. Offering everything from action packed scenes to the parts that will twist at your heart strings. Stacey Rourke has gone above and beyond in creating this world of new characters including the humans, vampires, and maybe even a couple of other things as well. With political aspects, down to the matters of the heart she has given it everything. I honestly can’t wait for the next story!If you love vampires, action, love, and twists that leave you wondering what is next than Veiled is a definite must read!I received a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • TJ
    January 1, 1970
    To be very honest, I wasn't sure I'd like this book. I thought I'd never read another vampire book again, much less enjoy it. But hello here we are. This just goes to show I'd read anything and everything that Stacey Rourke writes.This book was quite different to any other vampire books that I've read. I won't exactly classify this as a retelling, but I'd say you will definitely see some characters and names that maayyyyybe familiar. Honestly my mind was blown at the 60% mark and GOD DAMN I NEED To be very honest, I wasn't sure I'd like this book. I thought I'd never read another vampire book again, much less enjoy it. But hello here we are. This just goes to show I'd read anything and everything that Stacey Rourke writes.This book was quite different to any other vampire books that I've read. I won't exactly classify this as a retelling, but I'd say you will definitely see some characters and names that maayyyyybe familiar. Honestly my mind was blown at the 60% mark and GOD DAMN I NEED TO TALK TO SOMEONE ABOUT THIS!Anyway, I loved the story and the characters were amazing. I especially adored Vinx and Batdog, those scenes were just adorable. The writing style was amazing and it just draws you in completely till you're invested into the story. As with all of her books especially The Legends Saga, I loved how she intertwines the stories, the legends and the lore, and brings it into the modern world. I cannot wait to see where she takes this story. I'm pretty sure it will be amazing!Overall, loved the story and I can't wait for the next book!!!
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  • Katherine
    January 1, 1970
    Veiled by Stacey Rourke is a new take on a vampire novel. It gives us the idea of vampires integrating into society and wanting the same rights and roles as humans. It also gives us Vincenza, someone with the traits of a vampire but without the hunger and the need to avoid sunlight. Vincenza can walk among the vampires but she is actually a weapon to be used against them.The plot was interesting and moved quickly. There was a little confusion for me when the chapters jumped from past to present Veiled by Stacey Rourke is a new take on a vampire novel. It gives us the idea of vampires integrating into society and wanting the same rights and roles as humans. It also gives us Vincenza, someone with the traits of a vampire but without the hunger and the need to avoid sunlight. Vincenza can walk among the vampires but she is actually a weapon to be used against them.The plot was interesting and moved quickly. There was a little confusion for me when the chapters jumped from past to present - please make note of the day mentioned in the chapter titles as you're reading to avoid that confusion. The characters were well-developed and very likable. Vincenza has the snarky personality that is a trademark of characters written by Ms. Rourke.This is obviously the first book in a new series by Ms. Rourke and it ended in a cliffhanger. I am anxiously awaiting book 2.I recommend this book to fans of Ms. Rourke and fans of vampire novels.
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  • Rebecca Rogers
    January 1, 1970
    I think this is one of the hardest reviews I have ever had to write. This book was a sharp left turn from what Mrs. Rourk normally writes, but do not let that dissuade you. This is a must read, the vivid imagery that she creates as she weaves her spell on the words is seriously some insane magic!! I did not want to put it down, it kept calling to me to turn the next page. I loved the characters, the angst, the volatile vamps, the arrogant humans, and the new hybrid. I was angry, hurt, and wanted I think this is one of the hardest reviews I have ever had to write. This book was a sharp left turn from what Mrs. Rourk normally writes, but do not let that dissuade you. This is a must read, the vivid imagery that she creates as she weaves her spell on the words is seriously some insane magic!! I did not want to put it down, it kept calling to me to turn the next page. I loved the characters, the angst, the volatile vamps, the arrogant humans, and the new hybrid. I was angry, hurt, and wanted to do damage which was followed closely by relief, love, tolerance. This book had such a wide range of emotions as I read. It kept me guessing as plot twists were revealed. This was such a clever telling of the age old vamp story. If you have never read anything by Mrs. Rourke this is a great place to start!#BackTheFang #BringTheFang. 
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  • Jennifer Faulkner
    January 1, 1970
    Oh my gawd!! Let me just say this is a fresh twist on vampire lore, including Dracula. This entire book was exciting from beginning to end never being able to guess what was coming next. Predictable is NOT a word that would describe this book. The book is written in a cause and effect manner which I thought I wouldn’t like, however it actually helped the book evolve and answered questions at the same time. This story flows well, was exceptionally well written and has a good plot. The editing was Oh my gawd!! Let me just say this is a fresh twist on vampire lore, including Dracula. This entire book was exciting from beginning to end never being able to guess what was coming next. Predictable is NOT a word that would describe this book. The book is written in a cause and effect manner which I thought I wouldn’t like, however it actually helped the book evolve and answered questions at the same time. This story flows well, was exceptionally well written and has a good plot. The editing was perfect with out any misspellings or grammatical errors. The characters are well developed, their personality’s come alive off the page. They do not fall flat. (Vinx and Carter - just love them). I admit I was skeptical about being able to like this story but I’m absolutely in love with it and cannot wait for book 2.
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  • Petula
    January 1, 1970
    After a particularly brutal night Vincenza Larow is forever changed. The world knows about vampires. Some people accept them and others will do their best to destroy them. Vincenza's parents we're working on something that could help her cope with her new existence. Carter Westerly has been put up for sale in a celebrity auction . He is human but a lot of the bidders are vampire. Why is he there and what will become of him ?? Our heroine is not at all happy about what she has to do. She might be After a particularly brutal night Vincenza Larow is forever changed. The world knows about vampires. Some people accept them and others will do their best to destroy them. Vincenza's parents we're working on something that could help her cope with her new existence. Carter Westerly has been put up for sale in a celebrity auction . He is human but a lot of the bidders are vampire. Why is he there and what will become of him ?? Our heroine is not at all happy about what she has to do. She might be being used by those whose motives are not good. There are political reasons for the danger our characters face. This is an exciting start to what I'm sure will be a great series. It can get a little gruesome in places, but you must expect that with vampire stories. I can't wait to read the next one.
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  • Ani Bari
    January 1, 1970
    The start of this story of betrayal and vengeance was slow going for me at first but it quickly snowballed. Once the claws were in I was barely able to put the book down. There is so much happening in this book but you are only as in the dark as Vinx is. You start by hating vampires but by the end you hate humans. The concept explored in this book is soul quaking and you are so involved in the story by the end you know a book hangover is waiting for you on the other side.Stacey Rourke used real The start of this story of betrayal and vengeance was slow going for me at first but it quickly snowballed. Once the claws were in I was barely able to put the book down. There is so much happening in this book but you are only as in the dark as Vinx is. You start by hating vampires but by the end you hate humans. The concept explored in this book is soul quaking and you are so involved in the story by the end you know a book hangover is waiting for you on the other side.Stacey Rourke used real world prejudice and applied it to a society we would call monsters. It was gripping and mesmerising to read it as it unfolded. The sweet torture of having questions that only the next book can answer, has set in. Time to start the not so patient wait for Vlad.
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  • Kaila
    January 1, 1970
    This was amazing.. I wasn't sure.. i love my vampires but they are so done ya know... so many people do vamps and a lot of times it isn't any different from the ones before.. i still enjoy them but not surprised.. i should have known better with stacey writing because this was superb.. she wrote things completely different then i was expecting and i fell head over heels in love with the characters.. vinx was strong.. sexy,. and sweet all in the same breath lol.. i loved watching the way one acti This was amazing.. I wasn't sure.. i love my vampires but they are so done ya know... so many people do vamps and a lot of times it isn't any different from the ones before.. i still enjoy them but not surprised.. i should have known better with stacey writing because this was superb.. she wrote things completely different then i was expecting and i fell head over heels in love with the characters.. vinx was strong.. sexy,. and sweet all in the same breath lol.. i loved watching the way one action would have a reaction,... if you did something good.. something bad was bound to happen.. it was so much fun to watch this pull and push.. i loved this story so much and i cannot wait for the next one. amazing and im so glad i got to review it
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  • Ria - Reading Is Our Satisfaction
    January 1, 1970
    A different type of vampire story WOW!!!!! This book was totally not what I expected when I read the blurb - it was so much better. This is Vincenza's story, a woman who grew up in a world inhabited by humans and vampires, who lived side by side. Her world all changed on a fateful night tha saw her family brutally taken from her. I was expecting this to be a story of revenge and vengeance, instead it proved to be so much more.Stacey Rourke's story had everything: muder, mystery, intrigue, suspe A different type of vampire story WOW!!!!! This book was totally not what I expected when I read the blurb - it was so much better. This is Vincenza's story, a woman who grew up in a world inhabited by humans and vampires, who lived side by side. Her world all changed on a fateful night tha saw her family brutally taken from her. I was expecting this to be a story of revenge and vengeance, instead it proved to be so much more.Stacey Rourke's story had everything: muder, mystery, intrigue, suspense, dramd and numerous twists that will keep you continually gripped. It does end in a cliffhanger, which will have your head thoroughly spinning. Bring on book 2!!!Read and Reviewed for Reading Is Our Satisfaction FIVE STARS
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  • Joyffree
    January 1, 1970
    So why five stars you ask? Easy - Originality -Intrigue - Mystery - Mayhem Veiled provided me with all the darkness mixed with the intense and emotional scenes I crave blended with some of the most poignant and out of this world leading charactersVincenza- What isn't there to love about this girl? She has spunk, a spine of steel and just a bit of humanity and then there is Micah - Smart , patient - okay that changes but I am not spitting out spoilers - She is a survivorthen there is Carter - So So why five stars you ask? Easy - Originality -Intrigue - Mystery - Mayhem Veiled provided me with all the darkness mixed with the intense and emotional scenes I crave blended with some of the most poignant and out of this world leading charactersVincenza- What isn't there to love about this girl? She has spunk, a spine of steel and just a bit of humanity and then there is Micah - Smart , patient - okay that changes but I am not spitting out spoilers - She is a survivorthen there is Carter - So eager to help - a victim who wants to right the wrongs - oh wait maybe not?Dont hesistate its on sale - just click - Look into my eyes that is it one click :) See you on the other sideRead in KU
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  • C. Erani Kole
    January 1, 1970
    *voluntarily and honestly reviewed the ARC I received from Lady Amber*I bounce between a 2 and 3 star rating for this. I enjoyed one of the author's other stories and since I enjoy vampire reads, I looked forward to reading this. The beginning started off interesting enough, but as things occurred, I found that it personally would not work for me. I ended up trudging through it. There were a few things that completely did a one-eighty on me and I'd get excited at an idea or a line, but otherwise *voluntarily and honestly reviewed the ARC I received from Lady Amber*I bounce between a 2 and 3 star rating for this. I enjoyed one of the author's other stories and since I enjoy vampire reads, I looked forward to reading this. The beginning started off interesting enough, but as things occurred, I found that it personally would not work for me. I ended up trudging through it. There were a few things that completely did a one-eighty on me and I'd get excited at an idea or a line, but otherwise, I think that this read was just not for me. I did like the ending's climax though, that was pretty cool. So, if you enjoy vampires with mystery and seeing the fanged inclined with a little more bite, I wouldn't say stay away lol.
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  • Cheree Castellanos Edits
    January 1, 1970
    OBSESSED!! Oh Stacey Rourke, you are too good to your readers. I love every book more and more!A vampire book unlike anything else!Let me start with... Vinx is a freaking BADASS! She is snarky and does what she wants. A girl after my own heart.Vinx was just a regular girl, until the night her boyfriend came to meet her family. Then everything changed, including her pulse. Now she finds herself a creature of the night, with a job to do.With every turn of the page the story gets deeper and more in OBSESSED!! Oh Stacey Rourke, you are too good to your readers. I love every book more and more!A vampire book unlike anything else!Let me start with... Vinx is a freaking BADASS! She is snarky and does what she wants. A girl after my own heart.Vinx was just a regular girl, until the night her boyfriend came to meet her family. Then everything changed, including her pulse. Now she finds herself a creature of the night, with a job to do.With every turn of the page the story gets deeper and more intense. The twists and turns in the plot make you say "WTF!" a LOT! And true to Stacey Rourke form, this book is filled with laughs!So many great characters to love, and a few great characters to hate too. The ending definitely leaves your one click finger twitching for book 2!
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  • Cindy Fong
    January 1, 1970
    Imagine a story that is part Dracula, part Frankenstein and part Indiana Jones. In one act Vincenza’s life is changed and she is forced to balance between two worlds. Her goal is to make those responsible feel her wrath. When she becomes involved with a visionary, her life and other innocents are threatened, We will have to wait for Book 2 to reveal the next play. There is sassy, sarcastic dialogue throughout, which I very much enjoyed. There are glimpses that temper the bridge between humans an Imagine a story that is part Dracula, part Frankenstein and part Indiana Jones. In one act Vincenza’s life is changed and she is forced to balance between two worlds. Her goal is to make those responsible feel her wrath. When she becomes involved with a visionary, her life and other innocents are threatened, We will have to wait for Book 2 to reveal the next play. There is sassy, sarcastic dialogue throughout, which I very much enjoyed. There are glimpses that temper the bridge between humans and vampires, as well as, highlight the politics involved with tempering both. It took me a bit of reading before I was engaged and vested in the outcome. Overall, I enjoyed this story.
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